The journey of a vision has its start within the walls of the mind of one individual. For that vision to be able to break free of the confines of the mind, it must contain within itself renewable stores of that indominable force best described as "heart." When heart is found to be present within the very core of a vision, it is able to span great distances and pull together even the most ordinary people in it's effort to accomplish extradordinary feats of human determination. The ability of one ordinary individual to unite us all in seeing their vision through from dream to reality is what makes these people extraordinary. This is the WISHI Project.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
The WISHI Project documentary aims to demonstrate the power that any one individual has within themself to effectively bring people together in order to achieve a seemingly unimagineable task. By following the journey of the vision conceived of by the director of the non-profit organization, the Wishi Project, from its base in Albany, New York, into South America's Amazon rainforest we hope to demonstrate this idea. The Wishi Project has pulled together a very diversified group of interested parties, ranging from an indigenous community in the rainforest (the Wishi), college graduates, undergraduates, a former ambassador, university professors, churches and highschools across the country, local middleschool students, newspapers, a local art gallery, and plenty of ordinary volunteers, in the effort to achieve its goal. Through illustrating for viewers the story of the Wishi Project, and all of the extraordinary, ordinary humans that have been dedicating their time and resources in order to watch someone else's dreams come true, will motivate others to become more engaged in their community, and also, lend a hand to other communities that reside within our global village when it is needed.
ABOUT THE WISHI PROJECT:
Founded in April of 2010, by project director, Elizabeth Gray; the Wishi Project aims to support the indigenous Wishi community, in their unceasing efforts to implement a locally defined and autonomously functioning formal institution of education. Located within the Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador within the Amazon rainforest, the Wishi (like, many other indigenous communities of the area) are under constant pressure to shun their traditions and integrate themselves fully into the modernized world. In response to these mounting threats to their traditional way of life, the small Shuar village, has been fully engaged in the effort to enstate a formalized institution of education.
However, due to lack of access within the larger institution, it was not until the arrival of Elizabeth Gray that the Wishi were able to begin to see the school becoming much more than a distant dream. The Wishi Project functions to grant the Wishi community access to the materials that they need to create their formal school. The members of the community have been involved in all the stages of decision making and will continue to be throughout the duration of the project. The school is to be completely self-sustaining and the Wishi community alone will dictate the children's curriculum. The foundation has taken steps to prevent a situation in which the Wishi could become reliant on the help of the organization. It is the hope of the Wishi community that a formal primary school for their children would, not only help them to preserve their culture, but also to defend themselves against foreign influence.
Documentary filmmakers, Jim Brassard and Ashley Bishop, have volunteered their services to document this united and fervent endeavor being undertaken by the indigenous Wishi community and those acting as their voice in the states. It is the hope of the Wishi team that this documentary will serve to, not only, aide the Wishi community in preserving the nature and integrity of their culture for future generations; but will also demonstrate the profound impact that willful determination and pure heart can have on bringing any one vision, conceived of by any one individual, from within the bounds of a dream into stark reality.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Wishi Project has raised enough money through the generous contributions of donors to begin the construction of the school building in January 2011. We are asking now for donations to reach our goal of $5,000 by December 25th. These funds will provide Jim Brassard and Ashley Bishop with enough money to cover most of the necessary camera equipment and other supplies and essential expenses for their volunteer undertaking in South America. Your pledge will ensure the continued documentation of the Wishi Project in its entirety. No donation is too small, and can be made directly from this page. Please, help us aide the Wishi community in their endeavors to preserve their traditional way of life, and also, document the tremendous impact that one vision can bring about. For more information, please visit www.wishi.org. Thank you.
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